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April 2017

10 Easter Fabrics for Spring Sewing

Hey there makers!

Have I ever told you that one of my favorite things to do is to curate bundles for special occasions and holidays! There’s something so fun about combining tons of prints from our fabric designers to create a unique theme. Mixing and matching fabric collections also shows how our fabrics coordinate nicely with each other. Since Easter is only a few days away, I realized it’s the perfect time to put together a spring fabric bundle that works well for Easter!

Curated Easter Bundle_Art Gallery Fabrics

Here are my 10 picks for the spring inspired bundle. From cute bunnies (you can’t have an Easter bundle without bunnies), to sweet flowers, and a few minimal geometrics this bundle can work well for a mini quilt, a bunny bib, or even a patchwork pillow! As far as the colors, I went for mints, light yellows, soft pink, and pops of coral when choosing the fabrics to keep a fresh color palette.

Easter fabrics

Check out all the collections that are featured in this sweet spring bundle:

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So what do you think? Are you dying to make something with these pretty prints? Well, it’s your lucky day because I’m giving away 2 fat quarter bundles! To enter the giveaway, simply fill out the form below. Giveaway ends Monday, April 17th at 12:00pm est. Good Luck!

I hope you enjoyed checking out a few of our fabrics that work well for spring. Feel free to let me know what’s on your spring sewing list.

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

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Congrats Angela Short and Cindy DeLacey! You've won a fat quarter bundle of our curated Easter fabrics. Check your email. 

 

The ultimate guide to pattern markings!

Hello Makers!

I've been reading a lot lately about technical things in quilting and sewing. Since I'm a sewing beginner I've found myself lost when it comes to reading pattern markings. One good thing about it is that you don't have to worry about learning everything by heart. Most patterns  have a standardize markings which makes it easier for us to remember them.  After doing all my research I thought it would be very cool to make a graphic for you guys to save or print. This graphic contains the pattern markings you should know when working with a pattern.  

Pattern markings

Well, I know it still looks a little confusing but let me explain you more about each marking!

Grainline Mark

  • Is a horizontal line with arrows pointing out on either end. Line this up with the grain of your fabric as you position your pattern pieces. 

 Fold Line

  • The Fold Line indicates which edge of the pattern piece is aligned with the fabric fold. You should place the solid line running underneath the arrow onto the fold.

Cutting Lines

  • The cutting lines on a pattern are the lines you use when cutting out the pattern pieces (first cutting them out of the paper pattern and then cutting them out of fabric)
  • If a pattern comes in one size only, most of the times the cutting line is a solid line and the seam lines which indicates where you would sew on the fabric are dotted or dashed.

  • If a pattern comes in multiple sizes, the cutting line uses a different design or style for each size.

Notches

  • These diamond or trapezoid shaped symbols were used to layout pieces when pattern matching is an issue (see Guideline 3.110), but they are also used to help position adjoining project pieces for seaming.

Lengthen/ shorter line

  • This mark is a double line that is parallel to the grain line. Is used to add or take away length. It is  useful on dress bodices where you can use it to adjust the waistline to hit you at the proper spot. 

Bust & hip indicators

  • The circle with crossed lines in it indicates the where the pattern has been designed to land on specific body measurements. You will see these circles indicating the bust point, waistline and hip. 

Miscellaneous Markings

  • These small shapes are usually positioned at the neckline or armholes of a pattern (though they can technically show up anywhere). These are used to indicate the point at which you should match up two pieces of the pattern, such as fitting a sleeve into an armhole.

Button/ Buttonholes

  •  A solid line with dash marks at each end is used to mark buttonholes and large x’s mark button locations.

 Darts

  •  Broken lines and dots indicate exact stitching location and make it easy to match up the two sides for stitching.

Tucks & Gathers

  •  These markings resemble a square that is missing one line. The dots at the bottom indicate where to pull in the fabric to make it meet in the middle, and the vertical lines and dots at the top indicate where to sew your stitches.

Pattern Key

  • They are designed to keep your pattern right side up or down when cutting.  Be sure to match this to your pattern cutting instructions. 

Fabric Key

  •  These squares refer to your fabric, interlining and lining.  They are designed to keep your fabric placement in check.

 

Well, I hope you guys find this chart very helpful. Stay tuned for my next post where I will be talking about more  helpful crafty things!

Talk to you soon, 

Carolina. 

 

 

 

 

Reference:

Beth Galvin on September 21, 2016. "Sewing Pattern Markings, Explained!" N.p., 09 Sept. 2016. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

Group, The Abbey. "Welcome to Sewing.org!" Pattern markings. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

"Understanding Pattern Markings." The Sewing Loft. N.p., 14 Mar. 2017. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

 


Get ready for spring collections sneak peeks!

Hello, sewing friends!

I have some exciting news for you! As you all know, every fall and spring season we give you a little peek of collections we’ll be showing at Quilt Market. That time of the year has arrived and we can’t wait to show you the upcoming collections for the spring/summer season!

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Save the date for April 10th-13th, we’ll be showcasing our new collections on Instagram! Make sure to take note of all your favorite fabric collections so that you can encourage your local quilt shop to carry them. Stay tuned to see what we have in store for you!

 

Happy fabric swooning!

Stephanie




AGF Makers Spotlight Winner: Lisa from @sewwhatyoulove

Hey there, Makers!

We’re happy to announce the winner of our #AGFMakersSpotlight contest on Instagram for March! As always, this was an extremely difficult decision because all the projects you all submit are so beautiful and creative.

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Without further ado, let’s give a round of applause to Lisa from @sewwhatyoulove! She stole our hearts with these beautiful wings made with Wanderer fabrics by April Rhodes. We had a chance to chat with her to find out what inspired her to make this project and learn all about the things she loves.

Butterfly wings with seal

Feel free to get to know Lisa better with this short interview. ;)

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1. Hi Lisa! Can you tell us a little about yourself?     

Hi, I’m Lisa, also known as @sewwhatyoulove on Instagram. I live in Switzerland and am a mom to 2 little ladies and wife to one very supportive husband. I finished architecture school, got an EMBA, worked as a project manager and took a Wilton Master Course in Cake Decoration ;o) before I started sewing on a more regular basis in 2012 after the birth of our first daughter. We were living as Expats in the Mid West of the US (Kansas City) at that time and I was lucky enough to join a sewing circle. I was mainly sewing clothes for my daughter but picked up quilting in 2015 through that sewing circle.

Lisa-sewwhatyoulove

2. When did you start sewing and what are some of your favorite things about the craft?

Although I got my Bernina in 2008 as a wedding gift from my mother in law (I’m really really lucky I know!), I didn’t really start sewing until 2012. A main reason why I love sewing is the fact that I’m able to “sew what I love”, I see an outfit or a quilt and I’m able to just sew it myself. Making a quilt is also really similar to what I learned in architecture school, but designing, “building” and finishing a quilty project is obviously a lot faster than an architectural one.

Sometimes I just want to play with fabric, texture and color and I want to make something beautiful with my own hands. Like in architecture this kind of creative expression is a pure joy in itself. But in contrast to architecture, there are really fast sewing projects that help to satisfy that urge to design and create something, and time is an important factor with two little kids.

3. What inspired you to make these beautiful wings?

I made this fairy outfit as part of my Project Run and Play entry. The first week’s challenge was to create an outfit for our kids that represents a place we would love to take them. Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of visiting a magical forest – fairydust, unicorns, wings, that’s what my daughter’s dreams are about today. If I could take her to any place, it would be that enchanted forest.

Wings made with Wanderer Fabrics

4. How did you find out about AGF and what was your first thought when you started sewing with our fabrics?

I have to admit I don’t really know the exact time a got introduced to AGF. As I started sewing more I found out about the differences of cheap and quality fabrics and the importance of using quality fabrics to keep those handmade items in shape and color. One of the first – if not THE first – FQ bundles I ever bought was April Rhodes' Wanderer collection. I just loved the feelings and the sentiments that come with this line and I’m glad I finally found the perfect project to use it. I found AGF fabrics very lightweight but nonetheless slow to fray, easy to cut and sew and just plain beautiful.

5. What’s currently on your sewing list?

Oh on my sewing list?! You shouldn’t ask a girl about her sewing list. It’s kind of like asking for my age and weight. ;o) My sewing list is really, really, really long and gets longer by the day. What I can tell you, somewhere on there is a dress in April Rhodes Speck Stardust Metallic (yardage and pattern are just waiting for their turn).

6. What are some things you love about the sewing community?

It’s hard to find a group of more warm-hearted, kind, and creative people than those I’ve met through the sewing community. I especially love the diversity, creativity, friendliness and open minded attitude of the sewing community on Instagram. I take pleasure in learning new skills and what better way to do so than to learn and get inspired from others.

Sewing and being on Instagram also connected me to a real life community of like-minded people who share that creative obsession. Quilting in Switzerland is not as popular as in the US, most people don’t even know what I’m talking about. So it took a while to find these touchable (I know that sounds a bit strange) connections, but I’m glad I did and I hope there are a lot more friendships to come.

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this interview! Make sure to post all your AGF projects with the hashtag #AGFMakersSpotlight for a chance to win a bundle of fabrics and a feature on our Instagram and the blog. :)

 

Happy sewing!

Stephanie


Get inspired with Fuchsia - Color of April in AGF Color FUN series

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Hello fabric enthusiasts!

I hope that you are excited about spring and that many fun sewing projects are calling your name! :) Today it’s time for AGF color of the month and I can’t be more excited to tell you more about it.

From toned down black and white fabric combination that was featured in the last Color Fun episode we decided to switch to the color that celebrates beginning of spring with full power! For the month of April we chose happy and bold fuchsia which is the key color trend for 2017 spring/summer season.

It’s hard not to love this color, right? Although wearing it by itself may be a little brave, try to combine it with other colors to add pops of freshness to your projects.

What colors are best to combine with fuchsia?

Fuchsia looks great when combined with navy, mustard, black and white. Try to mix and match it also with grey, or ivory to elevate those two colors.

Recently one of the trendy and bold combination are fuchsia and teal or orange. Try those 2 combinations to make fresh and vibrant spring sewing projects. Maybe you want to give a try to some of these spring dresses patterns? Try sewing them with voile fabric or our recently released rayon.

Fuchsia is a go to color for weddings, and many couples choose it to create eye catching decorations like floral arrangements, table clothes, and of course bridesmaid dresses for their weddings. It also looks great when used in home decor, as long as you don’t overuse it and find the right balance. :)

So don’t be afraid to use this happy color in your spring sewing projects! Take a look at the mood board to get inspired and let your imagination flow:)

Mood board on pics-fuchsia

We hope we got you inspired to use more of this bold and happy color in your sewing projects. Take a look at the selections of fabrics we chose for this Color Fun episode!

Fuchsia-fabric-prints
Letters by AGF Studio (Capsules)  (CAP-L-3004 Give Love)

Curiosities by Jenni Baker (CUR-29133 String Lights Carmin)

Dare by Pat Bravo (DAR-64303 A Path Of Passion)

Utopia by Frances Newcombe (UT-24504 Orni Incandescence) / also comes in knit/

Essentials II by Pat Bravo (ESS-II-251 Intertwill Blush)

Fiesta Fun by Dana Willard (FFN-23845 Zocalo Raspberry)

Abloom by AGF Studio (Fusions) (FUS-A-409 Seed Puffs Abloom)

Heart Melodies by AGF Studio (HME-80402 Petal Strings Passion)

Joyful by AGF Studio (Fusions) (KF-308 Let's Chalk Joyful) / comes in knit and rayon / 

Utopia by Frances Newcombe (UT-14502 Specks of Rambutan) /aslo comes in voile/

 

Have you ever sewn something with these prints? Send us the picture of your project to aleksandra.pekacka@artgalleryfabrics.com and get a chance to be featured in the next blog post about fuchsia sewing projects!

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If you are willing to give this color a go, don’t hesitate and enter our Giveaway to win this bundle!

Giveaway ends on Monday -  April 17th 2017

If you want to buy any of our Color Fun bundles check out Fat Quater shop to find them all.

 
Happy sewing with Fuchsia fabrics!
 
Ola 

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Congratulations to Diana Wylie. Diana is planning to make cute mini quilt using prints from Fuchsia bundle:) 

Diana, please check your email!

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All about Canvas fabric Recap!

Hey makers!

If you have been following along the canvas posts series you pretty much know the most important things you need to know about AGF Canvas fabric! Today, I will basically summarize all the juicy information we talked about in our last posts. 

About two weeks ago, Mister Domestic hosted one episode of "Let's talk fabric" in which he talked about Canvas fabric and some things you need to know about it. So if you are curious on knowing what he said, I invite you to check out the video! Also, I shared two graphics where you will find 5 beautiful bag patterns made with Canvas fabric. The other graphic I shared contains 6 garments made with canvas fabric. PS: Each of the projects I shared are linked to their pattern!

Here are some things you need to remember when sewing with Canvas fabric:

Canvas last graphic

If you haven't tried our Canvas fabric you are definitely missing out ;) I encourage you to check out our wide selection of canvas prints in our website and create something beautiful with it! 

 

Talk to you soon,

Carolina